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Trombipulation Review

by Jason Birchmeier

As with its predecessor, Gloryhallastoopid (1979), there's not much of interest to be found on Trombipulation, the final Parliament album. "Agony of Defeet" is the highlight and "Let's Play House" is also notable, yet even these songs are relatively dull when you compare them to Parliament-Funkadelic standouts such as "Flashlight" or "One Nation Under a Groove" from only a few years prior. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Trombipulation is how it finds Parliament in free fall, seemingly out of good ideas and sounding downright uninspired. It's no wonder Clinton dissolved the group after this album's wake -- after both Gloryhallastoopid and Trombipulation, it'd become apparent Parliament had run its course and had become creatively bankrupt. To Clinton's credit, though, his latter-day Funkadelic albums, including The Electric Spanking of War Babies (1981) remained worthwhile, and subsequent albums, namely Computer Games (1982) and Urban Dancefloor Guerillas (1983), were especially exciting. Yet for whatever reason, the last couple Parliament albums were duds.

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